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Stromeferry diversion plans will be under scrutiny at an upcoming meeting.

The Stromeferry Bypass is closed for major works overnight until approximately the end of November.

Organiser, Robert MacInnes, told The Skye Times: "As a community, we have been fighting with the Highland Council and Network Rail over the road-on-rail diversion, in which vehicles are convoyed onto the adjacent railway line (using special matting) to avoid the section of road undergoing major work.

"The whole thing from start to finish has been a shambles - cars are only permitted on the road-on-rail diversion when trains are not in a 'token' zone (in this instance between Kyle of Lochalsh and Strathcarron). This means that the openings are sometimes only eight minutes long... not enough time to get queues of over one hundred cars on either side of the route through the works!

"Convoys are being stopped before all the vehicles are through, the openings are being closed earlier than timetabled, and if a train is delayed then it causes chaos with local school children once caught in wait of over three hours."

The meeting will be held on Thursday 27 September in Lochcarron Village Hall (Upper Hall) between 2pm and 5:30pm.  This will be followed by a whole community 'sit-down' presentation between 6pm and 7pm, with submitted questions being answered by a panel of representatives.

Mr MacInnes also stated that, for real time updates, there is a Stromeferry Bypass Updates 2018 Facebook group.

Colin Howell, Highland Council’s Head of Infrastructure said: “We are asking all road users to be aware that, despite the rail to road daytime diversion, there will be times when they will face longer waits so they are advised to plan their travel carefully, allow extra time and avoid the periods when the diversion is not available.’’

The Chair of the Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: “We apologise for the disruption that some road users have experienced but we are trying to provide as much access through the works as we can. The drop-in session on Thursday is a good opportunity for anyone affected to ask questions, get more information about the project and pass on their feedback and any suggestions so I encourage folk to come along.”

Image: from Stromeferry Bypass Updates 2018 Facebook group.

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